The innocence of a child as taught in the Bible

What does the Bible teach about the innocence of a child. How long is a child innocent in the eyes of God? What is a child’s age of accountability? Does the language of the Bible speak of such topic? Yes.

Anyone who studies God’s Word knows that every human being born on the face of the Earth is born with an Adamic Nature. A child is born “polluted” with sin.

Ps 51:5…Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me

Ps 58:3..The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

A child (polluted with sin) is not not accountable for inherited sin. Here’s why. The Bible says…Sin is not imputed where there is no law.

Rom 5:13…sin is not imputed when there is no law.

In other words a child is not a violator of the law of God if there is no knowledge of the Law. The law of God is what brings the knowledge of sin. Since a child in infancy has no knowledge of God or of sin, there is therefore no accountability to God due to a lack of knowledge.

Rom 3:20…for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

In a child’s case (when in infancy) there is no knowledge of God or of sin. This substantiates the fact that a child is born with a sinful nature but not accountable for inherited sin. Why? God doesn’t automatically hold a child accountable for something Adam did. Is a child tainted with sin? Yes.

Rom 5:19…For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,

Is this child accountable? No. Not until this child has an accountability to God. Accountability to God does not come by age. Accountability to God comes by knowledge of God. Innocence is lost when guilt is found. Guilt comes from recognition of the presence of God. An example of guilt is when Adam and Eve covered themselves with the fig leaf. Innocence was lost and guilt was found.

Paul made and unusual statement in Romans 7 that he was alive once without the Law. Paul was referring to his infancy.

Rom 7:9…For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

When Paul came to an age of accountability God was revealed through the Law and Commandments. When Paul learned the Law (God’s Commandments) sin revived and he died. The Law was spiritual. The acts of sin were revealed. When knowledge of the Law came “separation” from God (death) was revealed. Similar to the example of Adam and Eve.

The language of the Bible teaches that a child’s innocence is granted by God due to a lack of knowledge. Innocence automatically and spiritually keeps a child connected with God until guilt comes. Innocence is lost when guilt is acknowledged through “enlightenment” to God. This accountability comes as God is revealed to the human soul and thus retained in the human conscience.

Jesus Christ restores innocence to the human conscience and to the human soul. Men today are enlightened to God’s Law through the preaching of the Gospel message. The power of the Gospel removes guilt from the human conscience and restores innocence to the human soul. Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ who saves our souls and offers us forgiveness for our sins from the cross at Calvary.

About rickroehm

Since 1988 I’ve been writing and doing service for the Lord. It all began in 1987 after a personal walk began with the Lord. This personal walk with the Lord I speak of turned into extensive Bible studies and later evolved into blogging in early 2000. At present I write, author, and publish several different sites on the Internet. My Blogs contain a vast library of Theological writings, teaching videos, and preaching audios that currently go around the globe for the cause of Christ. I write at Christian Blessings on Wordpress, Holy Hubert Lindsey Group on Facebook, Churches on Trial at Google, publish You Tube videos, record sermons at, etc. I also pastor a Church called the Upper Room in Williamsburg, Ohio . My secular Blog called Southwestern Ohio Fishing on Wordpress is where I write about experiences with my son and fishing partner Chad where we together enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty mixed with Father God’s creation. At Southwestern Ohio Fishing Blog I also publish favorite recipes for those who enjoy eating and cooking as much as this writer does. Thanks for sharing your time and life with this writer at the Blogs. Here's more access to my ministry and fishing Blog if you'd care to check them out further. Bible Truth Christian Blessings Holy Hubert Group Facebook Churches on Trial Hubert Lindsey YouTube videos The Upper Room Southwestern Ohio Fishing Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it! God Bless!
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3 Responses to The innocence of a child as taught in the Bible

  1. Doug Mc Clintock says:

    The age of innocence is very real in a child’s life, varies in each child but a wonderful time of their life. They can’t remember it because they don’t have a knowledge of God or sin.
    It has a sin nature and it will come out as they age !
    But at the same time, it is noted, we must have a child like faith to know God ! l ..

    • rickroehm says:

      The Law of sin is when you know better. The Holy Spirit convicts and shows right from wrong. Teenagers and up (with Christ) know better than to violate God’s law of holiness and right living. Simple.Sin is revealed by God and all adults know better. Teens likewise. Flee youthful lusts as Paul told young Timothy.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    The innocence of a child is an enigma which only the Lord fully understands – we understand just in part and this is to be unravelled completely when we see Him face to face. In the meantime, we trust Him as our just God.

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